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Artificial Insemination

Nothing is better
for consistent, highly
predictable outcomes
than a cowherd with
pedigrees stacked for
a desired trait."

Artificial insemination (AI) is more work, but many producers find it’s more than worth it.

Cattlemen know genetic change is a slow process, especially when compared to other species. AI can be part of the solution.

“Nothing is better for consistent, highly predictable outcomes than a cowherd with pedigrees stacked for a desired trait or combination of traits,” says Aaron Arnett, of Select Sires. “When proven AI sires are mated in such a herd, the results will be impressive, worth retaining ownership and selling those calves on the grid.”

AI benefits include:

When choosing an AI sire, it’s important to note the accuracy. This number, based on the volume of progeny performance linked to a sire, means you can be more confident in the results as it gets closer to 1.0.

Getting started

Only 10% of producers use AI today, but the technology has been around for decades. Many producers thought they would give it a try and now they’re hooked, because it works. To learn more about how it could work in your herd contact your local Extension beef specialist, veterinarian or semen sales representative.

A test case pdf

Missouri’s Show-Me Select program is a shining example of using timed artificial insemination (TAI) to produce predictable females. The university-developed program has built a reputation as the go-to source of top-notch replacement heifers. 

Read about the Show-Me Select program and how timed AI works for them here . pdf